Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

Although cross-cultural apprenticeships are possible, review panels generally give preference to funding apprenticeships where both the master and the student are from the same cultural group or community.

Applicants may apply for and receive up to two awards in a three-year period. First-time applications may be weighted higher depending on the number and quality of applications. This is not to say that repeat applicants should not apply or that we will not consider awarding these applications, just that the number of times a master artist or apprentice has been awarded will be taken into consideration.


How can I apply?

Applicants must complete an MTAAP form including the portion to be filled out by the master artist and a separate portion to be filled out by the apprentice. The application package must also include samples of the master and apprentice’s work; depending on the type of tradition, this might be photographs, objects, and/or audio tapes of performances. Applicants are encouraged to contact the MTAAP Coordinator to discuss the application prior to submitting it.

Please download and review our Application Guide prior to applying. Applications, including supporting materials must be hand-delivered or postmarked by December 1 each year.


Click here for the Application Guide PDF


Click here for the Application Guide WORD


Click here for a MTAAP Application form PDF


Click here for a MTAAP Application form WORD


Review Panelists:

Bosse, Joanna- 2016, 2015, 2014

Brassieur, Ray- 1992, 1991, 1990

Cadaval, Olivia- 1992

Cardona, Ana- 2003

Chiarappa, Michael- 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999

Church, William- 1989, 1988

Cicala, Alan- 1989, 1988

Crampton, Anna- 1994, 1993, 1992

Delgado, Guillermo- 2016

Delgado, Vincent- 2015, 2014, 2013

Everts, Dana- 1995, 1994, 1993

Galvan, Deborah- 2002, 2001, 2000

Gibson, Gloria- 1988

Gilmore, Janet- 1992

Howard, Heather- 2018, 2017

Johnson, William,- 2011, 2010, 2009

Julian, Sue- 1989

Kalumbu, Isaac- 2003, 2002, 2001

Keyes, Cheryl- 1993

Kienitz, Betty- 1992

Kozma, LuAnne- 1985

Langlois, Janet- 1988

Largey, Michael- 1997, 1996, 1995

Livengood, Mark- 2004

Lloyd, Tim- 1994, 1993, 1992

Long, Lucy- 2010, 2009, 1991, 1990, 1989

March, Richard- 1990, 1989, 1988

Martin, Shannon- 2008, 2007, 2006

May-Machunda, Phyllis- 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989

Melendez, Theresa- 2006, 2005, 2004

Nusbaum, Phil- 1991, 1992

Olson, Ruth- 2003, 2002

Plamondon, Larry- 2005, 2004, 2003

Pollard, Deborah Smith- 1999, 1998, 1997

Rhoades, Loretta- 1993

Rietz, Chris- 2018, 2017, 2016

Robinson, Yvette- 2015, 2014, 2013

Roraback, Eileen- 2011, 2010

Roth, Erin- 2003

Scales, Christopher- 2013, 2012, 2011

Shen, Sin Yan- 1993

Singer, Elliott- 1985

Skillman, Amy- 1998, 1997, 1996

Smith, Laura- 2018, 2017

Sommers, Laurie K.- 2006, 2000, 1999, 1998

Stephens, Ronald- 2002, 2001, 2000

Stillman, Amy- 2008

Syndergaard, Larry- 2007, 2006, 2005

Teske, Bob- 1995, 1994, 1993

VanDeCar, Kathy- 1997, 1996, 1995

Wabanimkee, Minnie- 1999, 1998

White, Marilyn- 1996, 1995, 1994

Wilcox, Candy Wesaw- 1991, 1990

Williams, Steve- 2009, 2008, 2007."]

Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship